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May 3, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Beginning on Monday (May 7), Ron Saffell will be offering to teach French to Poland students at the Poland Library. The free program is geared to learning how to carry a conversation, and encouraging the school district to keep French classes around.

"They are phasing out French at Poland Seminary High School," Saffell said. "I hope to spur enough interest, that the school will want to bring it back. I am hoping for plenty of kids to justify what I am saying."

He felt that offering the free French classes through May and the first week of June would send a message, while at the same time, would teach kids the basics of the French language and culture.

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Ron Saffell is bringing a free French class to the Poland Library that will enable kids to carry on a conversation with a French person

The lessons would take place on May 7, 14, 21, and June 4 in the community room at the library. The time has been set for 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

"I thought it would be best to conduct a four-week program emphasizing conversation and culture," Saffell said.

The program will be geared to fifth and sixth grades, but high school students would be welcomed as well.

Saffell has a long history in teaching. He taught English, Latin and theater in Howland schools, and after retiring, went on to teach conversational French at YSU Metro College. E currently teaches adult conversation classes at St. Rose Church in Girard.

He has visited France as a young man and later when his daughter married. He is familiar with what it takes to converse when in France or one of the 33 French speaking countries throughout the five continents. In fact, Saffell said the average American knows more French than they realize.

"In everyday life, the arts, entertainment, government and business, there are French words," he said. "For example, restaurant, marriage, ballet, cinema, and the list goes on and on."

Starting next Monday, Saffell will share a lot of French with those signed up for the free classes. He said when the classes are done, any one from the classes should be able to visit a French speaking country and carry on a simple conversation. As for Saffell, he is hoping the school district will have a conversation about the importance of French class in the schools.

Saffell asks anyone interested in the classes to pre-register with the library so he has an idea of how many to expect.



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